35th Good Ol’ Days brings crowds to Fort Scott

The 35th Annual Good Ol’ Days Festival, celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, successfully brought large crowds of visitors to downtown Fort Scott as the city and local businesses provided a wide selection of events and activities.

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Kicking off the weekend with the Fort Scott Idol competition Thursday and the parade Friday evening, the festivities did not end until Saturday evening as vendors lined Main Street for the street marketplace and performances were put on regularly such as the Red Garter Show, the Hemphill Family Band and the Dueling Pianos along with others.

The Fort Scott National Historic Site also played a key role as eight different national historic sites were present to provide information and demonstrations, including American Indian dancing.

Other events included a baby judging contest, petting zoo, pony rides, human foosball tournament, a carnival and a motorcycle and car show.

The event will wrap up with a post-event meeting and then the Good Ol’ Days committee will begin preparing for another year of the popular festival.

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